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Nigeria: Without ‘Ifa’, there would have been no Google – Ooni of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Wednesday said that Google originated from ‘Ifa’, also known as the oracle.

The traditional leader said that without ‘Ifa,’ Google would not have been created.

He said this during the press tour of the tourist sites within the ancient city ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) slated for April 24.

The theme of the forthcoming conference is: “Impact of Sustainable Tourism Development and Marketing of Tourism Destinations on Host Communities.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘Odu Ifa’ refers to the verses of the literary corpus that are usually consulted by people who believe in its efficacy before embarking on any project or activity.

It is also a West African religion and system of divination

Mr Ogunwusi said that ‘Ifa’ as a form of divination was all about sourcing for information and knowledge through traditional consultation.

The traditional ruler said that Google could be regarded as the modern way of sourcing for past information and what was likely to happen in the future too.

He said that ‘Ifa’ originated several thousands of years ago and is seen as the voice of the almighty God referred to as “Orisa Oke” which is supreme to other lesser gods.

“Without ‘Ifa’, there could never have been the Google, so the Google is the modern-day version of ‘Ifa’.

“‘Ifa’ is all about information, getting knowledge from the Almighty God.

“Whenever you search the google for information or knowledge, you are consulting ‘Ifa’; and without ‘Ifa’, there would not have been the Google.”

He said that ‘Ifa’ was still relevant in contemporary time, saying that was why people were still consulting the oracle for information and solutions to their problems.

The monarch explained that if the modern day youth and the educated wanted to know the date of any important event, they would search for it from Google.

‘That is part of the functions that Ifa’ does for its believers and followers; that is the truth but it may sound strange,” he said.

The Ooni who is the custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition called on Nigerians to embrace traditional worships peculiar to their communities.

He said that would not stop them from practicing other modern religions.

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Nigeria: Everyone jubilated day I had an erection on sickbed –Yinka Ayefele

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Ibadan, Oyo State – Everyone knows Yinka Ayefele became famous after he survived an accident that almost ended his life on December 12, 1997. What most people don’t know is that doctors had concluded that he would never be able to perform sexually again.

Celebrating 20 years after the nightmarish accident, Ayefele told Sunday Scoop that on the day he first had an erection while he was in hospital, everyone became ecstatic.

He said, “After the accident, everyone jubilated when I had an erection one afternoon.  I was wondering why they were rejoicing and they told me the doctors said I would not be able to have an erection again. They had reached the conclusion without my knowledge.”  He admitted that life would have become meaningless had he not regained the ability to have an erection.  But even in the midst of the trouble, he never reasoned that his girlfriend, who later became his wife, would forsake him.

He reacted, “She didn’t leave me when I was hospitalised, so why would she leave me afterwards? When things were bad, she was with me all through.  We got married after the accident and we are blessed with four boys.”

He stressed that he had stopped bothering himself about people who still believe the accident might have rendered him impotent even though he confessed that in the past, such things bothered him.

He recalled, “I can still remember my response to a journalist who wanted to be sure I could impregnate a woman. I told him to bring his sister if he wanted a confirmation. It used to be embarrassing when people questioned my sexual ability.

“Even if I am unable to make love to a woman, should that make them happy? Even if my wife and I opted for IVF, is it something they should gloat about?”

20 years after, Ayefele still feels pains and said he has decided to stop taking pills because he fears that it may affect his kidney or liver.

He explained further, “I am still feeling pains; I am always in pain every day. Pills cannot even stop the pains and I am conscious of what I take in, but I thank God I have been able to cope. I give thanks to God for sparing my life. “I personally thought I would die, but my parents and loved ones encouraged me to stay alive. They felt bad, but they didn’t want to lose me. My father was alive then, but I lost him two years ago. He was so supportive all through the trying times.” Recalling the circumstances that confined him to the wheelchair, he said, “I was on my way to Abeokuta, but I lost control of the car because it rained heavily that day. The car fell into a deep pit. I was taken to a nearby hospital, but they couldn’t handle my case because I was vomiting blood. I was taken to another hospital where it was discovered that I had a spinal cord injury.  “I was then transferred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where I stayed for almost a year before I was discharged. Much later, I raised funds and travelled to the United Kingdom, for specialised treatment.”

 

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What is tithe?

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Tithe as an English word means one tenth or 10 percent. Tithe in the scripture means a mandatory 10 percent of one’s increase (Deuteronomy 14:22).

How often did Israelites give Tithe?
The tithe system had a seven-year cycle. The Israelites were mandated to give tithe on the first year, second year, third year, fourth year, fifth year and sixth year. They didn’t give tithe on the seventh year because they weren’t allowed to farm on the seventh year. It was called the Sabbath year or the sabbatical year. On that year, they would allow the land to lie fallow (Exodus 23:10-11) (Leviticus 25:1-7). So, because they used agricultural products as tithe, they never gave tithe on the Sabbath year.

The Types of Tithe
There were basically three types of tithe practiced by Israelites.

First, was the Levitical tithe or the first tithe (Numbers18:21-24), and it was given yearly to the Levites. This first tithe is the doctrine of tithe practiced by Christians.

The second tithe was called the tithe of feasts. In this kind of tithe, the person tithing would eat the tithe himself at a place the Lord will choose for him This tithe was done on the first year, second year, fourth year and fifth year of the seven-year cycle (Deuteronomy 14:22-27).

The third tithe was the poor man’s tithe, which was done on the third and sixth year. In this kind of tithe, the person tithing would give the tithe to strangers, widows, fatherless and Levites to eat and be satisfied (Deuteronomy 14:28-29).

Amongst the three kinds of tithe, Christians wrongly practice the first one, which is also called the Levitical tithe. I will quickly show you why it’s a sin to pay or receive tithe in this dispensation.

Why It’s a Sin to Pay or Receive Tithe
When God gave the commandment of tithe, He clearly stated who would pay the tithe; who would receive the tithe; and the purpose for receiving the tithe. He said the tithe would be paid by Israelites (except those from the tribe of Levi). He said that only the Levites were permitted to receive tithe and also said it was for their service in the tabernacle of the congregation. God actually gave them the tithe as an inheritance (Numbers18: 21-24).

For you to be eligible to pay tithe, you have to come from any of the tribes of Israel, apart from the tribe of Levi.

But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as a heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

Numbers 18:24
Though Gentile Christians are children of Abraham, we were not given any tribe. As long as you don’t have an Israeli’s international passport, you are not eligible to give tithe. The instruction was very specific.

Second, if you are eligible to give tithe, you are permitted to give the tithe only to one set of people called the Levites

And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

Numbers 18: 21-24
The Levites are simply those from the tribe of Levi. Even in the New Testament of the Bible, the scripture clearly tells us that only the Levites are permitted to receive tithe (Hebrews 7:5). If you give your tithe to non-Levite, you are going against God’s instruction. And it will be counted against you as a sin. I will also like to state that there is nothing like spiritual Levites. We may have spiritual Israelites but not spiritual Levites or spiritual Benjaminite. I will also like to state here that priests did not receive tithe from the Israelites. The Israelites gave their tithe to Levites and Levites would then give 10 percent of the tithe to Priests (Numbers 18:26-28).
Third, for you to be eligible to receive tithe, you must be a Levite. It’s very clear in the scripture. When a non-Levite receives tithe, the person has gone against the instruction of God. Such person has committed a sin. If you are not from the tribe of Levi, then you are not a Levite. There is nothing like a spiritual Levite. This explains why Jesus Christ, who was from the tribe of Judah, didn’t receive tithe from anyone. Apart from the fact that Jesus didn’t ask the Israelites to pay tithe to him, He still encouraged them to continue paying their tithe. In Matthew 22:23, He rebuked the Pharisees that they pay tithe, which is less important, and leave the more important things like justice, mercy and faithfulness. He then encouraged them to do both the less important ones and the more important ones. In other words, He encouraged them to continue paying tithe to the Levites. That was simply the law. Only Levites could receive tithe.

If Jesus Christ who was from Israel couldn’t receive tithe because He didn’t come from the tribe of Levi, how then can a non-Israeli pastor from Africa or America be entitled to receive tithe? This also explains why Apostle Peter, Apostle Paul and the other apostles couldn’t receive tithe from anyone. Though they were men of God, they couldn’t receive tithe because they were not Levites. It will also interest you that presently we have some non-Levite Jewish Rabbis who are in charge of synagogues but do not receive tithe. Though they are Rabbis and are “physical” citizens of Israel, they don’t receive tithe because the law does not permit them. Any non-Levite who receives tithe sins grievously against God.

Finally, tithe cannot be paid or received in this dispensation because the purpose of giving tithe to Levites can no longer be fulfilled now. Why did God command that tithe should be given to the Levites?

And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers18:21

Levites were given the tithe simply because they serve at the temple of congregation. But because the temple has been destroyed, the Levites can no longer serve at the temple. So, even if you are eligible to give or receive tithe, you cannot give or receive tithe now because the temple has been destroyed. Do you know that no Israelite pays or receives tithe today. Yes, they have stopped giving tithe until the temple is rebuilt. Please note that when the temple is rebuilt, Christians will still not join the Jews in paying and receiving tithe because the tithe system was not created to cater for Christians. Rather, it was created to cater for Levites. This explains why the early Christians who existed before the temple was destroyed never neither paid nor received tithe.

As Abraham’s children, are we not Israelites?

A person once asked, “If we are children of Abraham and also heir to his blessings, are we not Israelites? That you are a child of Abraham does not make you Jewish. You are still a Gentile, but because you have given your life to Christ, you receive his blessings. So, you don’t receive Abraham’s blessings because you pay tithe but because you have given your life to Christ.

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:14, NIV)

The scripture above still calls us Gentiles. Even though we may be spiritual Israelites, we are still Gentiles and as such are not Levites. We are not permitted to pay or receive tithe.

Understanding Abraham’s Tithe to Melchizedek

Though Abraham once gave tithe to Melchizedek, the doctrine of tithe practiced in Christianity is different. While tithe is one tenth of one’s increase, Abraham didn’t give one tenth of his increase. Rather, he gave one tenth of the spoils he got from war. Though he was very rich, he didn’t touch his increase.

Second, Abraham’s tithe was a one-time gift. He didn’t give it every month or every year unlike the monthly tithe practiced in Christianity. In addition, tithe in the scripture was mandatory while Abraham’s tithe was voluntary. Abraham didn’t pay the tithe because any law said he should pay it. He paid it of his own volition. This explains why his son Isaac didn’t pay tithe. Even his grand son Jacob didn’t pay tithe as well. Though Jacob vowed to give God one tenth, it wasn’t tithe. It was a personal vow he made that if God would protect and bless him, he would give Him one tenth of the blessing.

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. Genesis 28:20-22

Jacob’s vow was also a one-time one and voluntary. It wasn’t every month or every year.

Finally, Abraham didn’t give the tithe to Melchizedek for us to emulate him and start giving tithe. And even if we are to emulate him, then you can only give tithe from spoils you get from war. That means for you to give tithe, you would need to go for a war, win the war and bring the spoil. Abraham’s tithe cannot be used to teach people to pay tithe.

Understanding Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10

Many people have asked me questions regarding Malachi 3:10. One person once asked me “If we are not supposed to pay tithe, what does Malachi 3:10 mean?” The answer is very simple. Malachi 3:10 doesn’t refer to the congregation. It rather refers to priests. Yes, the scripture speaks to priests. For better understanding, I will take you to the Book of Numbers. In Chapter 18 of the Book, verses 25-29, the Bible says that when the Levites receive the tithe of the people, they should also take a tithe of the tithe and give to priests. In verse 32, the Bible say that when they present the best part, they will not be guilty and they will not defile the holy offerings. Also in Nehemiah 10:38, the Bible also says that priests and Levites should bring the tithe of tithe to the storeroom of God.

A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. Nehemiah 10:38, NIV

So, it happened that the priests in those days were not taking the tithe of tithe to the storehouse of God. And God was angry and warned them in Malachi 3:10. To really know who God spoke to in Malachi 3:10, it’s better to go to Chapter 2:1 where the instruction started.

And now, you priests, this warning is for you. Malachi 2:1, NIV

The warning continued from Chapter 2 until it got to Chapter 3, verse 10.

So, the scripture was a warning to priests and not a warning to the congregation.

Conclusion
It’s a sin to pay or receive tithe. If you are a Christian do not pay tithe again so that you don’t incur the wrath of God. If Israelites do not pay tithe now, then why should you, a non-Israelite pay tithe. Even if you are a spiritual Israelite, why should you pay tithe whereas the physical Israelites don’t?

If you are a man of God, please do not receive tithe again so that you don’t incur the wrath of God. If Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter, and co didn’t receive tithe, why then should you receive tithe? There are many other kinds of offering you can receive. You can receive the regular offering, partnership offering, sacrificial offering, but not tithe. The tithe system is against the poor. Yes, the tithe system takes from the poor to take care of the rich. But we are supposed to take from the rich and take care of the poor. You must stop now! Why am I telling you this? It is an instruction from the Lord. Can the instruction be found in the Bible?

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2Timothy4:2

The above scripture clearly says rebuke and correct wrong doctrines.

A revival has actually started. Yes, it has started. And because it’s of God, no one can stop it. I encourage you to join the revival. A true revival is not gathering together to pray but identifying errors, recognizing the truth, and start practicing the truth.

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Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll: Ooni of Ife to crown Olusegun Obasanjo

By Prince GAG Adewuyi
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Due to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s contributions to the successful celebration of Festac 77 in 1977, the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization has concluded plans to crown him the Ruby King of Festac in May in Abuja.

Dr Anikwe said the former president would be crowned the Ruby King of Festac and the Patron of African Culture by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll.

The Director- General, CBAAC, said on Tuesday in Lagos that it was part of activities to commemorate four decades after the event was hosted by Nigeria.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military head of state when the country hosted the festival in 1977.

His crowning would form parts of the activities to celebrate Festac 77@40 that would start on April 1.

“Obasanjo appears as the greatest, in terms of the promotion of African culture in the whole of Africa and the black world, by the singular effort he demonstrated by organising and hosting Festac 77.

“There has not been any other event that can be compared with it; so, any form of positive accolade will not be too much for him.

“In a rare understanding of what the event would contribute toward showcasing Black and African cultural heritage then, Obasanjo quickly made wise consultations, recognised the international festival committee and other communities.

“He put square pegs in square holes, made funds available and eventually a festival that could be described as the largest assemblage of Black and African people worldwide was held from Jan.15, 1977 to Feb.12, 1977.

“The event was not only momentarily successful; it could also be described as a watershed in the Pan- Africans’ struggle.

“It is to Obasanjo’s eternal credit that Festac 77 covered the entire gamut of Black and African cultural heritage.’’

Anikwe urged other Africans to emulate Obasanjo by doing things worthy of emulation, celebration, symbolism, recognisable and crowning, to earn the admiration of Africans.

Activities to mark Festac 77@ 40 would hold in over 10 states including the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) where the Mascot would be unveiled on April 1.

It would also entail different cultural displays that would hold in some states including Katsina, Enugu, Ogun, Kaduna, Akwa- Ibom and some foreign countries.

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Charles Owusu Juanah: Enigma of Excellence at Law in Ghana.

By Prince GAG Adewuyi
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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CHARLES OWUSU JUANAH

NET-ORTH: HIGH

CHAIRMAN: K-SAN LAW FIRM

Wealth: SELF MADE, Law Firm, Oil & Gas, Negotiator

Known For:  K-SAN, Oilfield & Gas Limited

Practice Areas

Charles chairs the management board of K-SAN Law Firm and also heads the firm’s energy practice. He has significant experience in Corporate Law, Commercial, Oil and Gas, Energy and Mergers & Acquisitions. He is currently a negotiator on a number of complexes cross border transactions in the oil & gas sector.

Professional Memberships: Member of Honourable Society of Grays Inn, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, International Bar Association, English Bar and Ghana Bar Association

Career:  Fourabay College- Sierra Leone, LLB- Birkbeck, university of London, LLM in International Law- City University of London, PDPLS (Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills) for Inns of Court School of Law.

OVERVIEW

Regarded by some as the chairman of the legal profession/business entrepreneur, Charles achieved fame as Chairman of his law firm by giving all his staff the needed fund to spend on luxury good. Having eventually come to the conclusion that working in a law firm is no fun, he started K-SAN Law Firm few years back with the modestly stated ambition of completely changing the way law is practiced.  Charles developed interest in Law, when he went on an errand to his Uncle’s in Sierra Leone. Upon arrival in Sierra Leone, he accompanied his uncle to his court proceedings.

Apart from his well-deserved reputation as a shameless self-promoter, Charles is actually a lawyer too. His expertise is in Corporate Practices, Commercial, Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual property, and his law firm does stuff like pro bono legal services for the messes, merger authorizations, Oil and Gas Negotiator and some litigation too, but he doesn’t like to mention it much.

As chairman of K-SAN, Charles is treated by all the staff with a complete lack of respect, just the way he likes it. He says he’s “happy as a clam” and only regrets that the Spice Girls aren’t together any more.

He is focused:  Charles Owusu Juanah is one of the few richest lawyers in Ghana that focused; he chose a specific business of his strength and stuck to it. No wonder for him to make it in Ghana, Charles obey the first law of business success of Andrew Carnegie; the steel mogul and I quote:

“And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret. Concentrate your energy, thoughts and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged in. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line; to lead in it. Adopt every improvement, have the best machinery and know the most about it.” – Andrew Carnegie

Other attributes linked to Charles Owusu Juanah as an entrepreneur of note are as follows; he has a strong business mission and vision; excellent networkers; Competitive; always think big; flexible;

“Flexibility is one of the strengths of Charles Owusu Juanah. He understands the terrain very well; he knows that the government is the most inconsistent body so far, so he prepares himself forehand. He keeps an eye on the ever changing pattern of the government and swiftly adjusts his businesses to align with such change. He also quick to adapt to current situation, and trend while their competitors are still grappling with the reality on ground”.

It is often said that behind every successful man is a woman. In this case, I will say that behind every successful legal luminary entrepreneur is a strong legal team and family, little wonders he always say “I love my family”.

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Osinbajo: I Am Not Buhari, I Will Flush Out Any Cabal That Wants To Undermine My Powers

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I Am Not Buhari, I Will Flush Out Any Northern Cabal That Wants To Undermine My Powers – Fearless Osinbajo Explodes

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has given a stern warning to flush out any group of cabals that want to hold Nigeria to ransom, under the guise of insurgency or militancy.

Osinbajo, gave this warning on Tuesday, at the 16th edition of the National Productivity Day and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, on some individuals and corporate bodies.

Osinbajo maintained that he was committed to the All Progressives Congress’, APC, promise to fight against terrorism, anti-corruption, and the development of the economy to create jobs.

His words: “Boko Haram has been defeated, and its members are only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children. Despite this, the residents of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States, including several neighbouring States, are now going about their daily business in relative safety.

“Besides Boko Haram, a new insurgency has arisen in the form of blowing up gas and oil pipelines, by groups of Niger Delta militants. This administration will not allow them to hold the country to ransom. While security is being beefed up in the areas, we shall intensify our on-going dialogue with the various stakeholders in the region.”

Restating the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to the country and the citizenry, Osinbajo said: “We are working tirelessly and will continue to do so with hard work, diligence, and honesty. Delivery may be a bit slow, but the promised change will come in no distant time.

“Our economy is no doubt currently facing serious challenges. Before now, the economy had been purely monolithic, having relied solely on oil as its major source of revenue.

“The dwindling oil prices and the disruption in supply, occasioned by the insecurity in the Niger Delta, made us to realise the urgent need for diversification of our economy, with emphasis on sectors that will improve employment prospects for our young people.”

Osinbajo, urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of the new opportunities to grow businesses, create jobs and wealth for themselves and the nation.

He said: “Nigeria’s current youth unemployment crisis has been attributed to lack of job, skills, and experience. I am happy to note that the inclusion of entrepreneurship education in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, enables the corps members to acquire skills in specific areas of interest.

“This not only makes them self-reliant and employers of labour, but also prepares them for value added work life. The Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is providing N2.5 billion facility for the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP).

“Specifically, Corps members with good business ideas and entrepreneurial skills, will have access to the loan at single digit interest. It is my expectation that this programme, in addition to other ongoing interventionist programmes, will help to combat youth unemployment.”

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Nana Akufo Addo: The President-elect of Ghana visit Nigeria President

By Prince GAG Adewuyi
Publisher/CEO
African Media Organization
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President Buahri welcome the President-elect of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, to the State House today.  Promise to work with him

 Earlier today, met with President of Nigeria

 

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Ooni, Are, Ayefele, others bag Oodua business awards

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In recognition of their immense contributions to the development of commerce and industry in Yorubaland, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has been given the Oodua Business Ambassador Award; while Chairman, Kakanfo Inn, Dr. Olalekan Are; and gospel musician, Yinka Ayefele, bagged the Oodua Face of Enterprise Awards at the OBA Awards 2016 in Lagos.

Others who bagged the Oodua Face of Enterprise Awards at a ceremony in Lagos on Thursday night are the Asiwaju of Remo Kingdom, Chief Solomon Onafowokan; Managing Director, Lekki County Homes, Otunba John Osunsina; Founder, Galaxy TV, Chief Steve Ojo; and Founder, NairaBet, Otunba Akin Alabi.

The convener of the event and Chairman, Dawn Global Platform Solutions Limited, Adebayo Adeleke, said that the award was instituted to celebrate men and women who had done exploits in the field of commerce and industry.

“For us to go where we need to go, we need to celebrate our heroes while they are alive,” he said.

While appreciating the awardees for setting the pace in business for Yoruba youths, he challenged them to continue to give support to platforms like the OBA Awards in order to get rid of the get-rich mentality among the youth.

The Chairman, Honeywell Flourmills Plc, Oba Otudeko, who was represented by the Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Lanre Jaiyeola, was the special guest of honour at the awards.

Are said that awards were significant in that it would encourage Nigerian youths to learn about the exploits of business leaders in the South-West, adding, “When you talk to young people, they usually don’t know those people who have been striving to do something for the nation.

“I feel happy that I am recognized and appreciated.”

While showing appreciation to the organizers on behalf of all the award recipients, Osunsina said sons and daughters of Yorubaland needed to organise themselves more for financial and economic empowerment.

“It is a very wonderful event because it addresses the cause of Yorubaland. In Yorubaland itself, there are over 15 million Yoruba and if we can organise ourselves, we can do extremely well. The part of the country that performs well today is the South-West,” he added.

Earlier, the Director-General, Dawn Commission, Mr. Dipo Famakinwa, said one of the ways the commission had been initiating a paradigm shift in the development of Yorubaland was the recent convergence of governors of the South-West states.

According to him, the way out of poverty in Yorubaland and solution to the recession in the country is entrepreneurship through job creation.

“The only and fastest way out of poverty and recession is entrepreneurship. We need to create jobs rather than our sons and daughters getting out of the university to look for jobs,” he added.

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